Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1
ABV:
12%
Score:
100
Ranked #1
Avg:
4.9 | pDev: 6.73%
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
810
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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
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Kentucky Brunch Brand StoutKentucky Brunch Brand Stout
Notes: Chocolate chip pancakes drenched with maple syrup served with espresso and a shot of bourbon, all in one sip. Our award-winning KBBS is decadence in a bottle.
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Photo of JellybonesElmer
4.52/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing 2019 vintage. This pours thick and close to black with unsurprisingly poor head retention (that being said, I drank this out of a taster glass). Does not stop the nose from jumping out of the glass. Huge coffee and maple, as advertised, masking any potential aroma from the barrel. That trend continues into the taste - difficult to find the barrel even when looking intently for it. The coffee is very pleasant and plays well with the maple, which presents authentically and not as a general sweetness. Thick, smooth mouthfeel (again, no surprises here). Overall, this would receiving a rating bump if it wasn't meant to be a barrel aged beer. In that respect, it falls short, as the adjuncts and texture are the real star of the show here. Very cool to try, but not worth the price of admission these days.

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Photo of WormGod
4.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018 version. Poured dark with a small head. Smell was maple coffee with a hint of bourbon. Very smooth drinking and taste was wow - chocolate, coffee, maple, and a touch of sweetness. One of the best beers I've ever tried.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A (very expensive) draft pour at TG on release day Dec. 7, 2019.

Look: Not as dark as I expected with a very thin brownish-tan head. Sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Lots of phenomenal coffee hit me at first. Much stronger that Mornin Delight. The barrel was there along with dark chocolate.

Taste: The coffee and maple match perfectly. There is some vanilla as it warmed and the barrel was more present. Really delicious

Feel: The carbonation was great. It was unbelievably smooth and lingered with each sip.

Overall: Easily the best beer I’ve had from TG. So complex and drinkable with everything I wanted in a beer. So many stouts with maple but none of them mix flavors like this. Definitely a world class beer.
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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.8/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 Silver Wax. Aroma has whiskey, maple, toffee and umami. Taste has wood barrel, umami, dark fruit, maple and toffee. Bitter cacao and coffee aftertaste.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.74/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours Pitch Black with a frothy tan head. The bottle gushed when I opened it. It smells and tastes of maple syrup, coffee, creams brûlée, vanilla, and warm bourbon. The feel is slick and smooth.

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Photo of Slack
4.68/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the smoothest beer I have ever had. Smelled better than it tasted. Lots of notes on the nose from vanilla to caramel/Maple to figs, but the taste didn't follow suit and it mostly being Maple supported by the others notes on the nose and barrel. No discernible alcohol present but the bourbon flavor was there from start to finish. Carbonation was lacking and would have helped the beer. Overall this was an excellent beer on par with Mexican Cake Reserva.

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Photo of miniditka77
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black, very thick, a little bit of tan head. Smells amazing - coffee and a little bit of maple jump out at you, along with chocolate and vanilla and other sweet smells. The taste is no letdown either, coffee is more up front, and maple is on the back end, with a lot of caramel / chocolate / dark fruit in the middle. Super thick mouthfeel with zero alcohol burn.

I was fully prepared to be disappointed by this beer - not that I expected it to be bad, but just that it might not blow me away. I was wrong. Probably the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured black as ink with thin ruby edges at 58 degrees; fast fizzy cinnamon brown head; no cap retention, ring or lace; medium legs on swirl. Strong maple nose with molasses and roast coffee grind right behind. Sweet maple syrup and molasses up front; bitter roast coffee; dark fruit - cherries and plums with chocolate middle; no booze; maple and coffee on backend. Thick almost chewy feel; heavy full body; rich velvety tongue coating; no barrel or astringency; warming from 12%; creamy feel/linger on tongue. Overall awesome; strong long lasting maple nose; main flavors are in harmony; subtle dark fruit and chocolate notes add layers complimenting the whole; no hint of whiskey or barrel notes; and the feel is superb; world class!

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

she’s got heat....but man is she somethin nice! lots of barrel presence. maple goodness on the nose. thick and chewy. flavor is all barrel, booze and molasses. What a treat.

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Photo of Duffman79
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew. The maple aroma pours out of this bottle upon cracking. The pour was pitch black with a nice brownish red head. Carbonation holds and the beer is thicc AF

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Photo of stevefenster
4.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try the white whale. Pours like syrup, smells like syrup. Seems like it should be just a perfect beer, but I don't think TG does coffee as well as the other best breweries. I definitely got some green pepper.

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Photo of Sandis
4.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at the 12-15-18 release in Decorah. The aroma on this was amazing and was a step above the flavor. This beer is a very good mix of coffee, barrel and maple but just shy of a perfect rating. Maybe because the expectations are so crazy high?

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Photo of forum8417
4.89/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap At the KBBS release 12/15/18 pour was super dark, no head even when i attempted to swirl it. great aroma, lots of coffee and barrel. Taste was silky velvety smooth. Overall an amazing beer.

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Photo of PlinyTheEsq
4.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great beer, but didn't seem to be worth the hype. For a $1000 secondary market, should have been perfect, and just failed to miss the mark for me. The nose was incredible, but the taste almost had a metallic tinge to it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.91/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch one, 2013, Enjoyed at GAB bottle share
Pitch black thick oily rich, thick legs, touch of head

Nose loads of maple thick dark chocolate, cocoa, hint Smokey, roasty coffee, coffee syrup, nice barrel vanilla and thick maple, vanilla ice cream

Taste velvety creamy smooth thick dark chocolate, cocoa, big maple syrup, vanilla ice cream, touch of Smokey, roasty coffee, lurker nutty coffee and hint of bitterness, mild toasted oak vanilla barrel, no booze, earthy coffee late, thick dark chocolate

Mouth is thick rich creamy, velvety smooth, no alcohol

Overall incredible! Easily one of best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.87/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pouring with a thick viscosity that's damn near reduced balsamic, a blackish-brown gloss begins coating my companion's lips at first sip, like she's gone full goth. A uniform, dark mocha blanket builds over top of the void black body, but that quickly fizzles out, leaving nothing but brown staining legs that coat the glass with a swirl.

Hypnotizing aromas of deep, dark smoky maple swirl into a luscious malt that brings to mind dark cocoa wafer and mocha. A surprising barrel presence graces the nose without any heat, exhibiting a super oaky but dark wet char that's not spicy or overpowering. The bourbon barrel also delivers a lightly sharp toasted coconut scent as it warms.

Intenesly rich and smoky maple flavors are met with a deeply earthy, dark roasted coffee that I don't recall getting as much of in the numerous Mornin' Delight pours and bottles I've had over the years. Raisinets and dark cocoa wafer intermingle with the aforementioned flavors, while a substantial charred oak and bourbon complexity amps KBBS up considerably. The black peppery woodiness adds a mild heat, and the divine maple aftertaste lingers forever, with a nicely warm exhale.

The super viscous and velvety thick body suppresses the bourbon heat well. A slow to surface fizz brings a faint sting with it during the sticky, semi-dry yet impossibly round swallow. As you get to the bottom of the glass, it thins out a bit and becomes a bit boozier and less complex, but such is life. Nothing is ever really perfect, is it?

2014 vintage, gold wax

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Photo of Vidblain
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that I always thought Morning Delight should be - the maple syrup is prominent in the nose and taste, but not so forward and overwhelming that it becomes a bit cloying and unpleasant. The barrel is a bit subdued, but still comes through clearly.

KBBS is a once in a lifetime beer that I am sure I'll be chasing for a while now. As I shared this bottle with five friends, I only received about a two ounce pour - which I nursed for a bit and smelled more than tasted. It's so sweet that I think it is best enjoyed as well - let it warm up, let the oily texture because a little more fluid. It's a tremendous beer and best enjoyed very slowly.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3oz pour from a 12oz bottle (don’t even get me started). pours pitch black. zero head. smells of peppery green espresso and almost nothing else. don’t get any maple and just a slight bit of bourbon. taste is similar. somewhat one dimensional with a dominating peppery green espresso flavor. get more maple on the taste with significantly less bourbon. mouthfeel is decent, slick & oily. not crazy thick. a good stout but it’s not super balanced. coffee dominates the smell and taste with the maple and bourbon as an afterthought.

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Photo of Humbolt9
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A buddy of mine called me one night and said that I needed to come over and try this new beer he found. Man am I glad I did because it was and is the best stout I have ever had!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

its always an occasion to drink what is deemed on this website to be the best beer in the world. regardless of what one may think about how such rankings are figured, it is a treat to say the least. i remember when i was heady and westy 12 before that, times have changed! after a couple of narrowly missed opportunities to drink this one over the years, my man drlovemd87 came through in the clutch with this rarest of the rare bottle. my pour is as thick as paste, slick and black like crude oil, and without hardly any head to it, near still in appearance, shiny, almost gelatinous looking. the aroma and flavor are intense but unfortunately (to me) familiar, i wanted this to be strikingly different, at least from a quality standpoint, and as good as it all is, its not head and shoulders above all else, it might not even be my favorite barrel aged coffee stout i have had this year (shhh). a few things are immediately obvious to me. the first is that whatever barrels these were, they seem to have housed some excellent whiskey. its not more or less of it, nothing about the oak profile specifically, but the bourbon character itself seems obviously better than most of what else is out there, this i will grant. the second thing, is that saying something like this is objectively better than something else in its category that is notable and near perfect and all of that, is highly problematic, approximations and cloudy memories and nothing more than opinion. factually, this isnt that much better than any number of great beers in its field, and i will stand by that. i cant spend the whole time drinking this thinking about the merits of a ratings system i dont control or other beers i like better though, that would be a foolishly wasted opportunity to enjoy quite literally the best. its full of rich bourbon, heavy vanilla and maple syrup qualities, even the texture of maple syrup, tons of barrel char and earthy burnt dark grain and chocolate, and a well integrated high end coffee profile as well, in some ways quite simple, but impossibly mature and nuanced, enhanced magically by the whiskey, and with lingering sweet, bitter, raisin, cocoa, and bourbon character. its as good as they say it is, that is not my comment. my comment is that others are at this level too. i am enormously thankful to have been able to drink this one, especially without having to pay the absurd secondary market prices this is fetching. if you are considering dropping some coin for this on a forum or whatever, i would reconsider, not that this isnt awesome, but its likely that your local bottle shop or brewery has something comparable...

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.93/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love the huge maple up front with balanced whiskey, subtle coffee, dark cocoa; semisweet, wee cinnamon, big whiskey, the coffee is superb. Yet bitter, bold, and some plum, too for flavors; luscious, creamy mouthfeel that lasts and lasts; bitter, sweet, whiskey, roasty finish.

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Photo of edthehead
4.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black with minimal head and a shiny oily luster. The nose and taste is big coffee upfront and settles into more of a Maple and Bourbon focus as it warms, however all three of the Coffee, Maple, and Bourbon remain throughout and interact well as it warms. The mouthfeel is an absolute 5 from the chilly beginning though the warm finish, with smooth sticky oil-like viscosity. Easily meets the hype, never had better!

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Photo of gcamparone
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 3 (2016), Bottle #882. 12 oz bottle split three ways into TG tulips.

Upon opening, immediate maple syrup aromas fill the area. Pours a jet black, oily body with a small brown head that reduces quickly. The surface has a slick and oily texture.

Once in the glass the aromas intensify, with some coffee and bourbon coming through now, but maple syrup still dominates. It's odd, this smells more like maple syrup that actual maple syrup. Not artificial in the least bit.

Taste is pure and smooth, rich maple and bourbon fudge, more maple, sweet but not cloying, finishing with roasty coffee notes. Mouthfeel is what put this beer at the top for me. Rich, thick, velvety, easy.

I've never given a beer all 5's, but I can't find any flaws here. The thicker body puts it a hair above Good Morning.

To put the intense maple flavor profile of this beer in perspective, my kitchen still smelled like maple syrup the next morning.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 batch poured into a TG tulip.
Upon opening, maple just filled the room. Tons of maple.
Look is super viscous. Motor oil like. Opaque black. Coats the glass.
Taste is all maple up front and then finishes with a coffee flavor that I found to be a touch astringent. Faded as it warmed though.
Feel was super thick, viscous body. Coated my mouth and lingered.
Overall, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Simply amazing flavors with the maple and coffee working together while maintaining balance.

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Photo of oskinker
5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible. Really exceptional. Most certainly the best smelling beer I've ever had. My buddy kept the bottle and it still smells like we just opened it, months later. Fills the room. Mouthfeel is thick and fudgy, espresso notes with that amazing maple and cocoa. Can't wait to drink my other one!

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Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 810 ratings